Need help with SSD install in Mac-mini 2012

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mjoshi123, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. mjoshi123 macrumors 6502

    mjoshi123

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    I've picked Macmini 2012 from Bestbuy now I need help with adding SSD. I know it is complicated process and there are video online on OWC as well as on iFixit website. My question is this

    I want to add SSD to my Mac-mini and use it as a primary drive and use 1TB HDD inside as a data-drive. I'm getting Samsung 840 500GB from Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Elect...3176760&sr=8-1&keywords=samsung+840+ssd+500gb

    Is there anything specific that I'd need to do for using SSD as my primary disc and HDD as secondary ? I know in PC world you could go into BIOS as well as set the jumpers on HDD to work as primary or secondary. How does it work with Mac ? I did similar thing with my macbook pro in past but at that time I moved existing HDD to DVD drive slot so there was no confusion with regards to which one is primary disc.
     
  2. stu.h macrumors 65816

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    You would need to purchase an additional SATA cable for the MM.
    Why not upgrade your spinner to the SSD and use the spinner in a USB3.0 caddy?
     
  3. motrek macrumors 68020

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    I plan to buy a Mini soon and will be adding an SSD by putting it in an external enclosure and connecting it via USB3. Should be way more than fast enough for my needs. I have seen YouTube videos of people transferring over 450 MB/s via USB3 which I believe is faster than my SSD is even capable of.

    As for the master/slave settings you're referring to, that's for IDE drives, not SATA. You shouldn't have to do anything special to get an SSD working with a Mac Mini other than connecting it.
     
  4. stu.h macrumors 65816

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    Dont consider using the SSD as the main boot drive over USB3.0.
     
  5. mjoshi123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    mjoshi123

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    I'm planning on getting data doubler kit from OWC, they also supply SATA cable along with it.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/DIYIMM11D2/

    Reason for not upgrading spinner to USB3.0 is than it will take away one USB 3.0 port.
     
  6. stu.h macrumors 65816

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    So what are you doing with the other 3 USB3 ports?
     
  7. mjoshi123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    mjoshi123

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    Why would I waste one port for a drive when I already have space inside mini for it ?
     

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